Inflatable wisdom

This section deals with specific questions you may have when choosing which Mistral board to invest in. Everyone has different needs and budgets, different circumstances and priorities and so we’ve attempted to make it a little easier and answer other questions you may have.

  • What makes Mistral inflatables unique?
    Quite simply our attention to detail through design, graphics and the quality of materials. We’ve considered the different niche areas of interests you may have, the regions of the world you may live and the differing bodies of water in which you might use, be it inland or on the coast. Our unique selling points (USPs) are as well thought out as our graphics, designed to inspire.
  • Paralysis by analysis?
    Yes, it’s very confusing, but we are genuine experts in our field, here to help make the correct investment and speaking of investment, Mistral boards hold their value exceptionally well on account of the prestige behind the name, so if you need to on-sell, you will not lose heavily on your investment.
  • Buying directly from Mistral?
    It’s an inescapable fact, on-line shopping now dominates the retail industry across all sectors. We’ve therefore taken steps to make our products available directly on-line. These products are direct to consumer sales, or you can of course contact any one of our dealers in your region.
  • Hard board or inflatable?
    Many users would like to own a hard board, however lack of space and suitable transportation are key issues preventing ownership. These then are the primary reasons why inflatable SUP boards are hugely popular.
  • I hear board volume is important?
    Inflatable boards by default have very high volumes. The concern with volume, is in relation to buoyancy. Our smallest board, the Bali at only 8’6, has 210L of volume and supports the weight of even a heavy adult over 100kgs, but is designed for children. More important is the issue of stability, more directly a factor of length x width – the longer and wider the board, the more stable it will be.

  • What’s your best selling all-purpose inflatable?
    If you have no real specific use other than fun on the water, then our Lombok is our most popular entry level board as is our Adventure Heritage.
  • Do inflatables require maintenance?
    Regular checking of key components such as seams, valve and the overall integrity of the board’s condition are essential to be assured the board is sound and will support safe use and this should be carried out before each use. Contrary to poor advice, inflatable boards require in fact, greater care and attention during use and storage than that of hard boards.
  • Are Mistral inflatable board fins removable?
    Yes, all our fins are easily removed. Some feature a slide-in no tool required fin, others rely upon a screw and plate system, which can be tightened by fingers.
  • What is included with my Mistral inflatable SUP?
    A superb, highly quality, durable, water proof zippered bag with roller wheels; the best on the market. These are oversized so as your board will easily fit without struggling to fit after use. A double-action hand pump, repair kit and fin. Our Santa Anna WindSUP® also includes our unique mast plate.
  • A paddle is not included?
    No and with good reason. For more information about paddles here.
  • What about a leash to connect me to the board?
    Not included, but a leash is essential for your safety and the safety of others.
  • Do I have to dry the board before packing away?
    Yes, you should air or towel dry the board before deflation, storage or stowage so as to prevent any potential for mould growth and to protect the integrity of the seams. Salt water residue in particular, will cause sweating, therefore, rinse with fresh water before drying.
  • Key places not to store an inflatable board?
    Avoid long terms stowage on a boat at anchor, airing cupboards, damp sheds and garages, near central heating, in the car boot etc.
  • Where should I store the board?
    WAnywhere that is dry and preferably not too humid. Avoid extremes of hot and cold including direct sunlight and frost.
  • Can I store the board inflated?
    Yes, but it’s advised to deflate it to around 5psi to lessen the strain on the valve and seams. Ideally suspend so as air can circulate around it.
  • Does the valve ever leak?
    Rarely is this an issue. A valve spanner is supplied with each inflatable board, which allows you to tighten the valve should it work loose. These are pressure tested to over 60psi but only have to cope with less than 20psi.
  • Are inflatable boards hard to inflate?
    The simple answer is ‘no’ and we know you will want to get on the water as soon as you can. Our Mistral pumps are dual action, meaning, you begin by switching the pump to ‘double action’ so as the pump inflates on both the upward and downward stroke of the pumping action. When you approach 5-8 psi, flip switch to ‘single action’ and the pump inflates on just the downward action. A superior pump goes a long way to making the process painless and speedy.
  • What is PSI?
    This is the measurement of pressure and no different from when you inflate a car tyre. Simply psi = Pounds Per Square Inch. 1 Bar = 14.75 psi.
  • How much psi do Mistral boards require?
    Through the use of new materials for 2019, we’ve lowered our psi requirement without loss of board rigidity. Some brands talk in terms of 20psi and greater. Meanwhile we have now lowered our psi to 12-15psi which is good news as you will be on the water faster for less effort and time spent inflating.
  • What happens if I exceed the psi recommended?
    Over inflating the board beyond what is recommended, will not result in a stiffer board. The worse scenario is that you will tear away the drop stitches between upper (deck) and lower (hull) fabrics and create a large bulge which is not repairable.
  • Will direct strong sunlight affect my inflatable?
    Yes. Strong UV will cause air to expand within the chamber and this may exceed the recommended psi. Reduce psi by 2psi from recommended if you have to leave the board in direct sunlight. Keep in shade when you can. Do not store in car on hot summer days.
  • I want a board for my family?
    Our ideal inflatable range for family use, are our Tribe boards; Bali, Java, Sumatra and Lombok. There’s a range of sizes to suit either individual members of the family from kids to adults, or consider an all-round solution with the Lombok. Lovely to paddle, slide in fin, cargo net and nose handle are just some of the features, constructed in our super light woven FLT fabric.
  • What is WindSUP®
    WindSUP® is registered to Mistral and one of our earliest creations during the development of stand up paddle boarding. The conversation facility, permits the addition of a windsurfing rig, converting it a SUP board that can be sailed, hence WindSUP®.
  • What are your inflatable WindSUP® boards?
    Our Santa Anna boards, named after the famous Santa Anna winds of California, are superb all-round boards, with the facility of being able to attach our unique mast plate, included with the board.
  • You have a mast plate for your WindSUP® boards?
    Yes. Unlike other brands, we do not have a direct screw-in fitting into the board. These can tear out of the board and the results are catastrophic. Our unique mast plate, connects by way of two D-rings. The plate spreads the load generated from the force of the rig and therefore protects the structure of the board. 
  • Can I attach any rig?
    Any mast foot with 8m hexagonal nut fitting can be fitted to the mast plate.
  • Do you have Mistral rigs for your WindSUP®
    Yes and for 2019 we have our new Revival sails and rigs, the ultimate companion to our Santa Anna boards.
  • I own a boat / yacht, what do you recommend?
    Use of an inflatable SUP on a boat can take a few forms. As a mooring toy used for fun when at anchor or in port. As a ship to shore tender and as a back up form of safety. Our Nautique boards were especially designed with the boating enthusiast in mind. They have many features which make them uniquely suited to boating life; multiple handles, a bow splashguard, slide in fin, square nose, D-Rings for attachment of a kayak seat and are super stable.
  • I want to perform yoga and pilates on my board?
    Mistral were early pioneers of SUP yoga and pilates specific boards. Today we offer the Asana and the uniquely shaped Lotus boards. Both boards feature smooth skin EVA and are clutter free, so as to make them comfortable platforms when standing or laying down. The Lotus permits partnered exercise moves and can support up to three – can be paddled and makes for a great family board, Asana being the faster paddling board.
  • I want to do try adventure paddling?
    Our Trekker boards are the ultimate adventure board, featuring dual chambers for an added level of safety. Designed to carry an additional 60kg of cargo, they feature large cargo areas, dual chamber and are extremely stable and of high volume.
  • I mainly paddle on rivers?
    Our Limpopo river boards are the ideal river board companion. Featuring multiple grab handles, cargo net, high grip deck area, these boards are nimble and built tough with high density drop stitch multiple layer PVC. Also ideal for general paddling applications. For the more adventurous, our Colorado take it to another level in terms of being super fast to turn and fitted out with step back pad, towing D-rings and more.
  • I want a fast high performing inflatable?
    Our Vortex Air and Slipstream Air boards feature four separate chambers. The primary chamber uses woven FLT fabric, while hollow side chambers, provide added stability and a bow chamber, adds volume upfront. By inflating to 1psi and less, the pressure helps to shape the front underside bow, so as to be displaced and therefore fast. Uniquely constructed, there simply is no equal on the market in terms of speed and advancement, rigidity and performance nearing that of a  hard board.
  • I have a business, can I buy in bulk?
    If you require six boards or more, we can assist with a volume discount. If you have a school for example we would be happy to discuss your needs and work with you to make it a success.
  • Can inflatable boards travel on an aircraft?

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    Yes and this is one of their strongest attractions. Ensure the valve cap is not screwed in. Generally the bag will be checked in as Over Size Luggage, which simply means wheeling the bag to a separate area of the airport for drop-off. There is no added cost. With limits of up to and over 23kg, depending which board you have, there’s room left for some clothing and toiletries.
  • Are repairs hard to carry out?
    A repair kit is included. Punctures are rare. Wash off with fresh water, make dry and sand paper around repair. Add contact adhesive to board and patch, allow to be touch dry before applying and smoothing down. Allow 24hrs curing time. Damaged seams require the same treatment, but need added glue behind the seam as one repair, then a large patch over the seam and board area. Seek expert advice in the case of difficult repairs – inflatable boat repairers.
  • Do you offer a warranty?
    Yes, 12 months from date of purchase. Visit our warranty page for more detailed information